Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae)

Least Concern

Lesser Moorhen (Gallinula angulata)


Taxonomy

French: Gallinule africaine German: Zwergteichhuhn Spanish: Gallineta chica
Taxonomy:

Gallinula angulata

Sundevall

, 1850,

Lower Caffraria (= KwaZulu-Natal), South Africa

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In the light of a recent molecular phylogenetic analysis#R, a separate monotypic genus, Paragallinula, has been proposed for present species#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Senegal and Gambia E to Ethiopia, and S to N & E Namibia, Botswana and NE South Africa.

Descriptive notes

22–23 cm; male 145–164 (155) g, female 92–137 (109) g, 1 unsexed 149 g. Like small version of G. chloropus, but paler overall, appearing mainly... read more

Voice

Calls resemble those of G. chloropus and include: rapid series of clucking notes; series... read more

Habitat

Permanent and temporary freshwater wetlands, such as papyrus swamps, reedbeds, marshes with rushes... read more

Food and feeding

Molluscs, insects (especially beetles), vegetable matter including seeds and flowers of reeds; also (in captivity) termites. Forages while... read more

Breeding

Senegal and Gambia, breeding condition Aug; Sierra Leone, Nov; Nigeria, Jul–Sept; Ghana, Jun; Gabon, Feb; Chad, Aug; Sudan, Aug;... read more

Movements

Some birds resident year-round in permanently suitable habitats, but many are wet-season migrants.... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread and locally common over much of range but, as with Porphyrio alleni, erratic nature of its occurrence in seasonal... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2018). Lesser Moorhen (Gallinula angulata). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/53690 on 16 December 2018).